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The personal trainer has served several purposes, not least of which is motivating me to get to the gym often. However, he is pricey, and I think he is starting to sort of cramp my style a bit. I find myself not wanting to experiment and try new machines, etc., because the trainer doesn't use machines, and instead has me mostly doing odd stuff with an aerobic step, a body ball and some small weights that are complicated and kind of require assistance and spotting. Almost as if he doesn't want me to develop an exercise routine that I can do on my own...

So I'll be ditching the trainer soon. And my questions to you all are: what do you actually do in the gym? Are there machines you like? Do you work your whole body each time you go in, or do you do some kind of split? Only cardio one day, then only weights the next? And, can anyone point me to good web resources for building routines?

I'm trying to approach this as a new hobby, in order to keep it interesting to myself, and not like a tedious chore. So any thoughts or suggestions you could offer would be tremendously helpful.

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mercurialgirl
Aug. 30th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
The workout resource that ate chicago
ExRx.net is an excellent resource. There are muscle directories and articulations to help you choose which exercises -- and stretches -- to do to target the muscles you want to work. Most of them even have little animated gifs of actual humans so you can see the proper form.

Body maps help people who don't already have years of muscle-related schooling figure out what muscle is where by poking an anatomically-ambiguious plastic man. (It doesn't say anything about the wet towel exercises, though. Poo. Not that either of us could do them, but still, it would be cute to see little nimated gifs of them.)

There's common training mistakes and (though this part's over my head it probably makes sense to you what with your massage training and big spicy brain in general :>) motor development tidbits. Also sections that dispel common workout myths, and explain HIIT training (High Intensity Interval Training -- that godawful but uber-effective stuff I was doing a million years ago with Kennon - very very very effective, but requires dedication with a capital psychopath D.)

There are also workout templates so you can plan your workouts and be all organized-like.
fenriss
Aug. 30th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: The workout resource that ate chicago
Wow! That's the mother of all fitness sites. But... I find the workouts very confusing. I wish they just had simple charts saying "do this many reps of this exercise" and gave you a place to check off that you'd done it. The whole "push pull" thing is apparently waaaaaaay over my head. *is confused*

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